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Center for Research on Men's Health

 What is the Center for Research on Men's Health?

We are a university-wide center in the U.S. that focuses on men's health and men's health disparities. Founded in the Spring of 2016, the Center seeks to improve men's health by understanding and addressing biological, psychological and social factors that influence men's health. We have particular expertise in the health of African American men, but we also do research on other men in the U.S. and across the globe. 

Our Vision

To create a research center that leads state, regional, national and global efforts to understand and address social and cultural determinants of men's health.

Creating Solutions for Men's Health

Men's health outcomes are more than the sum of biology and behavior. They are also the result of factors that influence behavior: gender, cultural, sociological and attitudinal. In a pioneering way, the Center for Research on Men's Health at Vanderbilt examines all of these factors to form a more holistic picture that benefits men, families, healthcare practitioners, service providers, academicians and policymakers.


Current Projects

Mighty Men: A Faith-Based Weight Loss Intervention to Reduce Cancer Disparities

Recent Publications

Bruce, M. A., Beech, B. M., Griffith, D. M., & Thorpe Jr, R. J. (2016). Spirituality, Religiosity, and Weight Management Among African American Adolescent Males: The Jackson Heart KIDS Pilot Study.  Behavioral Medicine 42 (3), 183-189.

Bruce, M. A., Beech, B. M., Griffith, D. M., & Thorpe Jr, R. J. (2015). Weight status and blood pressure among adolescent African American males: the Jackson Heart KIDS Pilot Study.  Ethnicity & disease 25 (3), 305.

Cornish, E.K., McKissic, S.A., Dean, D.A.L., Griffith, D.M. (2015). Lessons Learned about Motivation From a Pilot Physical Activity Intervention for African American Men.  Health Promotion Practice. 

Dean, D.A.L., Griffith, D.M., McKissic, S.A., Cornish, E.K., Johnson-Lawrence, V. (2016). Men on the Move-Nashville: Feasibility and Acceptability of a Technology-Enhanced Physical Activity Pilot Intervention for Overweight and Obese Middle and Older Age African American Men. American Journal of Men's Health.

Elder, K., Griffith, D.M. (2016). Men's Health: Beyond Masculinity. American Journal of Public Health, Editor's Choice.

Griffith, D.M. (2016). Biopsychosocial Approaches to Men's Health Disparities Research and Policy. Behavioral Medicine.42: 211-215.

Griffith, D.M., Cornish, E.K., McKissic, S.A., Dean, D.A.L. (2016). Differences in perceptions of the food environment between African American men who did and did not consume recommended levels of fruits and vegetables. Health Education & Behavior.